April 25 to May 2 is National Immunization Week!
Did you know that just one hundred years ago, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death worldwide? In Canada, they now cause less than 5% of all deaths – thanks to immunization programs across the country. Immunization protects children and adults by preventing the spread of serious diseases such as measles, mumps, whooping cough, tetanus and influenza (flu).
Immunization is very safe. It works by triggering your immune system to make antibodies that fight diseases. For immunization to work best, it’s important for adults and children to have all recommended vaccinations – on time. And remember, even if your immunization schedule is up to date, you may require vaccines before travelling outside Canada.
For more information, call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120, and ask for the Health Line. You can also visit www.immunize.ca.
Local student wins provincial immunization poster contestCongratulations to Victoria Hiller of Pope John Paul II School, winner of the Canadian Immunization Poster Contest (provincial category)! To see the winning poster, click here.